Rogic feels ready to kick on
Tomas Rogic is hoping to kick-start his Celtic career this
season, with his sights set on another European adventure.
The 20-year-old playmaker moved to Parkhead in January, swapping
life in his native Australia with Central Coast Mariners for that
at the top of the Scottish Premier League.
He has been eased into European football by Neil Lennon, with
the Bhoys boss wary of expecting too much, too soon.
Rogic is, however, feeling settled in Glasgow and believes he is
ready to fight for a regular starting berth – aiding his quest to
earn a place in Australia’s 2014 World Cup squad.
He told the Daily Record: “Do I need to nail down a place at
Celtic to play in the World Cup? Possibly, but I’m up against a lot
of good players here who can all do a job in the team.
“However, I’m improving every week at this club. I haven’t had
much playing time yet but that was to be expected coming into a
settled squad last season.
“I just have to keep working hard, wait for my opportunity and
make sure that I take it when it comes along.
“It is like a fresh start for me this season. It was a big move
coming across to the other side of the world and it does take time
to settle on and off the pitch.
“I’m enjoying life in Scotland now. At first it was a bit of a
shock because I left the Aussie summer and walked straight into a
“But that’s behind me now. I feel settled and comfortable so I’m
looking forward to the year ahead. I want to do well and help
Celtic be successful.”
If Celtic’s season is to be deemed a success, they will want to
emulate their achievements from 2012/13 – when they landed the SPL
title and made the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League.
On the quest for continental glory, Rogic added: “I have the
Champions League qualifiers and that will be a new experience.
“I’ve spoken to the players who have played in them, like the
boys here at Celtic, and they all speak so highly of the
“It’s regarded as the best there is at club level, so it would
be a great achievement if I could play my part in it.
“It would also be good for the club – and could make our season
– if we could make it into the group stage again.
“We have to do our best to make sure we get there. I was at the
Juventus match in the knockout phase last season and the atmosphere
that night at Celtic Park was amazing.”